With a few key exceptions, it’s safe to say that we as a culture are pretty much over the whole zombie apocalypse genre. But soon enough, we’ll undoubtedly be giving a free pass to yet another exception in 28 Years Later (formerly 28 Months Later) — the long-gestating second sequel to the modern horror classic 28 Days Later.
Original franchise director Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours) is set to reunite with writer Alex Garland — who has since struck out on his own by helming masterpieces such as Ex Machina and Annihilation — for the upcoming thriller.
The duo were only involved with the first sequel, 28 Weeks Later, from an executive producer perspective. According to The Hollywood Reporter, their hands-on involvement in 28 Years Later signals a desire to launch a brand new trilogy.
Such a project has been in discussion for years now since the release of 28 Weeks Later.
“There is an idea for the next one,” Danny Boyle revealed back in 2007 (via The Guardian), months after the first sequel was released.
Alex Garland along with original franchise stars Cillian Murphy and Imogen Poots have also raised their hands to participate in a fresh instalment at various points of time over the past decade or so. But at this stage, casting has not yet been announced.
“Every time I do bump into Danny or Alex I always mention it,” Cillian Murphy told NME back in 2022.
“It really stands up, which is amazing for a film that’s 20 years old.”
Currently, it’s unclear when we can expect 28 Years Later, nor where it’ll end up. A studio/streamer/other potential buyer is expected to be confirmed later this week after being shopped around, multiple sources have indicated.